1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Joe Grabenstein - Bio
Claudia L. Barrera, MPA - Bio
Patricia Luna Ed.D. - Bio
Federal Acquisition Advisor
Joe Grabenstein is the Executive Director of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, the only MBDA center that is solely focused on federal government contracting. As a proven business developer with over 15 years of experience, he brings a history of uncovering new opportunities within federal agencies, building winning teams, and capturing federal opportunities. As an integral part of management teams, he has implemented strategies for explosive revenue growth and helped secure contracts valued at over $1 billion dollars for small and minority-owned businesses. Joe also has an extensive network of federal and corporate relationships which are maintained through regular attendance of industry events, and the use of social media. His extensive knowledge of obtaining and managing of all types of Federal contracts including: IDIQ, Firm-Fixed Price, Cost Plus Fixed-Fee, Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC), Single Award, GWAC, GSA Schedule, Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA), among others, will help the center meet the needs of growing minority owned businesses as they compete for federal contracts.
Joe is originally from the DC area, attended the University of Maryland, and now resides in Northern Virginia.
Patricia Luna is the Federal Acquisition Advisor at the MBDA Federal Procurement Center. She brings extensive experience in the private and public sector and assisting Federal agency leaders with strategic planning, policy development, and increasing small and minority business participation in Federal contracting. As Program Manager with the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) , Dr. Luna managed outreach programs that increased Hispanic-owned business participation in USDA. She went on to serve as Senior Program Manager for the Secretary of the Air Force – OSDBU where she oversaw a 185% growth in contract awards to individually-owned Native American companies, Tribally-held firms, and Alaskan Native Corporations (from $224M to $793M in three years) in support of the nationwide initiative established by the Air Force Director of Small Business. In recognition, she received the “2004 Public Advocate of the Year" award during the Reservation Economic Summit sponsored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Dr. Luna earned a Masters and Doctorate of Education from the University of Cincinnati. She was appointed a three-year term as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Contract Management to the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2002, and currently serves on Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association’s Education, and Small Business Committees.
Claudia L. Barrera:
Claudia L. Barrera is the Program Coordinator at the MBDA Federal Procurement Center. Prior to this position, she worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) where she participated in business match-making at outreach activities and conferences, and helped coordinate outreach meetings to promote the exchange of information between agency program staff and prospective businesses to facilitate small business opportunities for participation with USAID. Claudia also assisted in managing the Mentor Protégé Program by reviewing proposals of potential participants into the program, and supported the Program Specialist in administering the program and analyzing individual partnerships.
Claudia also has 10 years’ experience working as a Trust Administrator for Neuberger Berman Trust Company, N.A., and Lehman Brothers Trust Company, N.A., in New York City. Claudia is a native of New Jersey and attended Rutgers University - New Brunswick. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of the District of Columbia.